I WANNA MAKE A COOL THING WITH COOL PEOPLE!!!
THREE ZINES ABOUT THINGS THAT MAKE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE will be a digital, free bundle of three collaborative zines:
GROSS: we are meant to be hairless, odorless, tasteless, but my body is as disgusting as yours and you’re not allowed to ignore that - a zine about the realities of bodies and all their orifices and excretions, and how those things are at odds with the constructions surrounding womanhood in a society that doesn’t realize how much grosser it is than my farts
WET: sex is not me on my back unmoving and you don’t like that and i don’t like you - an erotic zine exploring all the ways we’re “not supposed” to have sex - loud and queer and weird and funny and unflattering
ANGRY: wise men know well what monsters we make of them but what about the monsters they made of us - a zine about banshees, witches, harpies, furies, gorgons, succubi, sirens, and all the ways they made us into demons without realizing how much easier that makes it for us to kill them
for GROSS and ANGRY, the contributions of ladies, demiladies, and lady-leaning individuals will be prioritized; non-binary contributors are still highly encouraged; and i ask that gentlemen, demigentlemen, and gentleman-leaning contributors save their pieces for WET, which is pretty much a free-for-all.
WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?
anything that can be made into an image - that means artwork (digital, traditional, textile), photography (selfies, screencaps, snapchats, anything), whatever. writing - and not just poetry or other creative writing, but tumblr posts, texts, even just you rambling stream-of-consciousness about any of these topics. also, audio files!!! music, slam poetry, record a convo between you and a friend, you can even include a reading of whatever writing you submit in your own voice. i’m going to try to see if i can get video submissions to work too so if you want to do that by all means!
WHAT CAN’T I SUBMIT?
anything that upholds oppressive structures - meaning transphobic/gender essentialist crap, ableist crap, racist crap, classist crap, etc.; any contributions that describe or portray underage characters or people sexually; anything that has too much of your personal information or the personal information of others. you also cannot submit to WET unless you are eighteen or older - sorry!
HOW DO I SUBMIT IT?
please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ZINE! while there is tons of overlap between the three zines, i don’t want to have repeat pieces across them, so if you’d like to submit a piece to be considered to be placed in more than one of them please specify which zine you MOST want the piece to be in. also, please include a small contributor bio/blurb to be placed in the back of the zine(s) if your pieces are selected.
WHEN DO I SUBMIT IT?
submissions are due by SATURDAY, JUNE 28TH, AT MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME! unless there are broad extenuating circumstances i will NOT budge this deadline because i really want to make sure this can all come together neatly so PLEASE remain conscious of the time limit!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
all contributors will receive printed versions of all three zines and a custom made patch by me; i am not planning on printing any additional copies of the zines so contributing will be the ONLY way to get a print version. also, as much as it bums me out to say it, i can’t accept all submissions - these do have to be curated somewhat. i will notify all submitters of whether or not their pieces will be included in the zines - if your piece doesn’t get in this time, i really hope that maybe it can be used in another cool project down the line! maybe we can even do multiple issues of the bundle if this goes well.
if you have any questions, please let me know, either by ask or email! i’m really really looking forward to pulling this together and i can’t wait to make something really cool with you guys.